Friday, April 17, 2020

From My Heart: My Sephora Spring Shopping Event Recommendations

My Sephora's Spring Shopping Event suggestions. 
Sephora's Spring Shopping Event is now live for VIB Rouge members, offering unlimited 20% off discounts on every order through 5/1 with code SPRINGSAVE. Consequently, I am excited to share my suggestions as well as a peek at my shopping cart...from my heart. 

Additionally, the savings will continue for VIB members, who will receive 15% off from 4/21-4/29 and for Beauty Insiders who will receive 10% off from 4/23-4/27

I hope you find the images, thoughts and swatches abundantly helpful as you make your own selections! 

Kindly scroll on for more details as well as the Bottom Line...


*Kosas Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer
Up first, I am thrilled to show you the brand new *Kosas Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer. I've been using this clean formula heavily since receiving last week (see it in action HERE) and am appreciative of both the ingredients and the pigmented yet soft glow that each shade imparts. For those who eschew a glittery effect, it is important to note that there is no discernible shimmer in the bronzer; instead the finely-milled powder yields a subtle pearlescence that blurs imperfections while effortlessly warming up the entire complexion. 

In terms of shades, all skin tones were considered with this triune of options. I will definitely be Medium in the summer currently am wearing a mix of Light and Medium (also evidenced in the images at the end of this post). Those with fair and light skin will want Light, those with medium and tan skin will love Medium and those with dark and rich skin will enjoy Deep. 

Overall, the*Kosas Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer is a marvelous option for those seeking an easy wash of color that instantly enlivens the face! 
Swatches of the *Kosas Sun Show Moisturizing Baked Bronzer in direct sunlight. 
Face + base. 
For base, I hand-selected seven different formulas that I find work exceptionally well in warm times...with spring in full-force and summer on the horizon (hopefully we're all running around in the sunshine by then), each of these perform beautifully:
  • *Kosas Revealer Concealer (reviewed HERE): Lightweight and nourishing with gorgeous medium coverage...you can even get away with wearing this as a foundation if you're feeling creative. 
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Concealer (reviewed HERE): A classic from a classic...this concealer is crease-free and full coverage for moments when your skin needs extra reinforcements. 
  • *Kosas Tinted Face Oil (reviewed HERE): Clean and green with remarkably buildable coverage, this wondrous liquid wears for hours and always leaves my skin better upon removal. 
  • Surratt Surreal Skin Foundation Wand (reviewed HERE): Still in my rotation after so many years, this formula has a built-in primer for smooth and flawless wear. True story: I wore it for 20+ hours on a trip to London and didn't touch it up once...it's that good. 
  • Shiseido Waso (reviewed HERE): I love this self-adjusting cream for minimal makeup days or as a primer. It makes skin look like porcelain and has magnificent SPF protection. What else does one need?
  • Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick (reviewed HERE): My favorite stick foundation to date, I love that this can be applied sheerly and built to full coverage depending on one's taste.
  • IT Cosmetics CC Cream (reviewed HERE): Completely physical SPF 50 protection and a full coverage finish that doesn't budge, this highly concentrated base makes skin look like natural perfection. 

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Versatile essentials.
Onto three versatile essentials that I use every single week (in some cases, daily):
  • The Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths have been my go-to wipes for years. The formula is gentle yet effective, completely fragrance free and removes even waterproof eye makeup with ease. They're so clean in terms of ingredients that I can even use them on Johannah Elle so a pack is always within reach! 
  • My Surratt Artistique Cheek Brush gets used daily to apply bronzer, blush and highlight powders alike...it is an investment that will last years (mine is 5+ years old and in perfect condition) and I wish never to be without it.
  • Every week, I seem to find a new use for the Dior Backstage Face and Body Glow (reviewed HERE); it truly is an illuminating staple. I love adding it atop foundation, mixing it without foundation and even using a touch along my collarbone and done the center of my legs for a natural lit-from-within glow. It is extremely utilitarian and highly recommended! 

A swatch of the Dior Backstage Face and Body Glow in direct sunlight. 
*Ellis Brooklyn WEST and *MYTH
For fragrance, I recommend two gems from Ellis Brookyn. The first, *WEST, is inspired by the sophisticated yet laid back spirit of Los Angeles writers in the 1970s (everything about this mental image...yes, please); it's a mature take on citrus and fruit that simultaneously lifts and relaxes one's mood. 

*MYTH is a genius composite of warm florals with a touch of musk for clean wearability; it is sensual and alluring and will appeal to those who are seeking a skin scent with a twist. 

Eyes. 
For eyes, I pulled the top seven products I've been wearing this month. Hope you love them as I do:
  • Tom Ford Fiber Brow Gel: A daily brow must for me...try it and it will ruin you for all other formulas. 
  • *Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner: I love how inky black and long lasting this formula is...it's ocular drama in a single pass. 
  • GrandeBrow Serum (reviewed HERE): I use this serum nightly on my brows (and so does my mom!); it truly fortifies, nourishes and contributes to volume and density. 
  • *Viseart Chou Chou Palette (reviewed HERE): The colors in this palette are joyous and bright yet completely wearable; in summation, they resonate with all the hopes I have for summertime.
  • *Viseart Paris Edit Palette (reviewed HERE): A classic neutral palette for those who love radiant peachy nudes and smoky mattes alike. The dent I've made in this particular palette should adequately confirm my esteem! 
  • Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette: Ahh...as soon as I caught a glimpse of this on social media, I knew I had to buy it (and at $25, it's a veritable steal). The five shades create a stunning homage to the minimalist smoky eye of the 1960s and the sparkling green is unlike anything I currently have in my collection...get this, you won't regret it. 
  • Gucci Mascara (reviewed HERE): Much more than gorgeously luxurious packaging, two coats of this jet black formula create full and elongated lashes that don't smudge or flake. I am very pleased with this purchase and have been reaching for it almost daily as of late. 

Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette swatches
Sunlit swatches of the Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette
The *Viseart Chou Chou Palette and *Viseart Paris Edit Palette
Lips. 
For lips, I've gathered the best nude(ish) options in my current rotation. They include:
  • Patrick Ta Lipliner in She's Humble (reviewed HERE): A creamy nude pink to make lips look their largest...oh, and it's retractable, so no sharpener needed!
  • Hourglass Lip Gloss in Child (reviewed HERE): A lush and opaque shiny peachy nude, this, applied in the center of one's lips offers gorgeous volume. 
  • Tom Ford Lip Color Sheer in Paradiso (reviewed HERE): I reach for this lipstick--a bright peachy coral with enough sheerness to be very wearable--multiple times a year and especially when the weather warms up. It's like a vibrant breath of fresh air for the face!
  • Natasha Denona I Need a Nude in Sava: My favorite shade in this particular formula, it's the perfect blend of pink, nude, peach and beige...just lovely. 
  • Pat McGrath Lady Stardust (reviewed HERE): You can tell by how low the bullet is that this is my favorite Pat McGrath shade...it's a creamy mauve pink with a dash of luminosity and easy for every day of the week. 
  • LAWLESS Fawn (reviewed HERE): I love this clean peachy beige nude...it's the 1960s in a tube. 
  • Pat McGrath Peep Show (reviewed HERE): I recently rediscovered this pinky peach matte number in my collection and appreciate how velvety smooth and pastel (without being too white) it is. 
  • Laura Mercier Lipliner in Rosewood (reviewed HERE): A classic pinky nude with a touch more depth and rosiness than the aforementioned She's Humble
Swatches in direct sunlight. 
In the images that follow, I am wearing:

Joey in her new Mini Boden bathing suit enjoying the yard while we shot this story. 
Eye look via the Natasha Denona Mini Retro Eyeshadow Palette



Style notes. 
Today's style notes are brought to you by a single dress and no shoes (it was too warm and I'm just in the backyard)! This chic wrap dress by Hale Bob features a glorious opaque liquid jersey that hangs beautifully for timeless appeal. I love the cream and gold color palette (very early 1970s) and can't wait to dress up this dress after dressing it down at home. Oh, and it's currently on sale

Style notes.  



In my cart. 
// A LOOK at MY SEPHORA ORDER // I placed an order this morning and here is exactly what I picked up:

In my cart. 
--Shop My Cart--

Last look.
--Shop the Post--


Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this Sephora-centric post and would love to know what you plan to add to your shopping bag...do tell! 

As a reminder, the Sephora's Spring Shopping Event is now live for VIB Rouge members (20% off every order through 5/1 with code SPRINGSAVE) and the savings will continue for VIB members, who will receive 15% off from 4/21-4/29 and for Beauty Insiders who will receive 10% off from 4/23-4/27

On another note, I am over the moon to share a special 20% off everything code for the BY TERRY site. Simply use the code BEAUTYPROF20 at checkout now through 5/1/20. Some of my favorites include the Brightening CC Powder (reviewed HERE), the limited-edition Ombre Blackstars for summer (Sunny Flash, Rose Elixir and Immaculate Light...reviewed HERE) and the new Hyaluronic Hydra-Foundation (reviewed HERE).

Also, please mark your calendars for 4/28 at 11 PST...I will be hosting a very special Instagram Live in honor of the approaching Mother's Day holiday. More details to follow soon ; )

Good things ahead, including fresh launches from SUQQU, a new tutorial and an office tour...can't wait to share!

xx and more soon,

--The Beauty Professor 



**PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me), however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-20 Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

2 comments:

  1. Your daughter is so gorgeous. Too cute. Stay well.

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  2. Have you tried the Roen shadows before? They are so lovely. Like a stiffer version of the Hourglass Scattered Lights Shadows, but more opaque. The Roen websites suggests not being afraid to dig all up in the shadows with your fingers to warm the product up. They are supposed to be like fingerpainting.

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